Hamilton Releases Four New Khaki Field Titanium Watches With Brand-New Bracelets
Hamilton’s most popular line, the Khaki Field, now welcomes some expansions. Presenting the Khaki Field Titanium in two versions, each in two sizes. Of particular interest are the new bracelets, also in titanium. Whether you pick the brushed titanium or the black PVD-coated titanium, you will surely end up with a versatile and lightweight daily watch. Let’s have a closer look!
Although you are spoiled for choice when shopping for a Hamilton Khaki Field, none previously came on a titanium bracelet. That changes today as the brand introduces four new watches on titanium bracelets to choose from.
Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium
Before we get to the bracelets, let’s have a look at the four new watches. Or, I should say, two new watches in two sizes — 38mm and 42mm. These new models will surely feel familiar to followers of the brand. They are variations on the template set by earlier Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic models.
The first is a version with a fully brushed titanium case and a blue dial. This dial features two shades of blue with a lighter center hugged by a darker perimeter. The slightly greenish lume and blacked-out handset provide it with a technical aesthetic, befitting of the Khaki line. You get the familiar layout with Arabic numerals, a 24-hour scale, and a large minute track. The military inspiration shines through here.
The second version is black PVD coated. The dial is black with the hour markers printed on a concentrically textured section. This band reminds me of a vinyl record, adding some nice, subtle detail. Otherwise, this dial is similar to the blue one, except for the addition of orange details. The tip of the seconds hand and the numerals in the minute track are executed in this pale ’70s pumpkin orange. Hamilton has not shared with us which grade of titanium is used in these watches, but I would assume Grade 2.
Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium specifications
As mentioned, you get your pick of two sizes —38mm and 42mm. Both are about 11.5mm thick, making for a nice and slender wearing experience. Regardless of the size you pick, the bracelet will be 20mm wide. This means the two different-sized options have different proportions, which is something to take into account when picking your favorite. Both are water resistant to 100 meters without a screw-down crown.
Inside ticks the familiar H-10 caliber, Hamilton’s version of the Swatch Group’s Powermatic 80. Based on the architecture of the ETA 2824, this version comes with a lower beat rate and a higher power reserve of 80 hours.
The caliber is visible through the transparent case back. The H-10 isn’t exactly the pinnacle of movement decoration, but this case back is a feature that many will appreciate nonetheless. Up top, we find a sapphire crystal to ensure an untainted view of the dial for years to come.
The new bracelets
The watches are slight variations on the trusted Khaki Field watches we have known and loved for years. The bracelets, to me, are the bigger news. They are very simple three-row bracelets but are executed well. I see two improvements over the existing steel Khaki Field bracelet. First, these have a taper, which is great. Second, they have a sleeker look, omitting the two-piece center links of the steel bracelets.
The resulting look reminds me of Tudor’s titanium Oyster-style bracelet. And that is not a bad thing at all. The clasp features milled components and a double push-button release mechanism. Hamilton offers three micro-adjustment positions, for which you will need a tool or something like a toothpick — no on-the-fly mechanism here. Then again, especially at this price point, it’s better to get the basics right than offer poorly executed advanced features.
As with the watches themselves, you can have your pick of brushed titanium or a black PVD-coated version. An important thing to know is that the black version is still made of titanium, so you do get the lightness and neutral temperature of the material.
Closing thoughts on the Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium
The 42mm version in brushed titanium 42mm comes in at CHF 1,145. Its 38mm counterpart is priced at CHF 1,075. For the PVD models, that is CHF 1,240 and CHF 1,170 respectively. This means these are certainly top-of-the-range additions to the Hamilton Khaki Field collection. And that is a good thing. The basic models come in at about half that, while these function to push the line further.
I really like the look of the new bracelets paired with the original Khaki Field Automatic watches. The combination of a simple three-row design and the small female end link provides a clean, sleek aesthetic. They bring your attention to where it should be — on the watch itself.
I know the Khaki Field Automatic to be a daily wearer for many, and I am sure these two titanium options will only add to that. I have yet to try them on, but I am quite confident the smaller ones, specifically, will be extremely comfortable. Kudos, Hamilton, for offering yet more variety in an already quite varied lineup.
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